The RNLI will be one of the first two charity beneficiaries of a new scheme, Project Giving Back, established to enable charities and not-for-profit organisations to create a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The RNLI joins Mind as the first charity beneficiaries of the scheme. A third application will be for a garden inspired by BBC series Blue Peter, which has encouraged children to enjoy gardening and the natural world for more than 60 years.
Project Giving Back will provide the funds and support required for the RNLI to apply for a prestigious Main Avenue Show Garden at the 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Being part of the world-renowned show will give the RNLI a great opportunity to raise funds, recruit new supporters and share its lifesaving stories with the huge audience which visits RHS Chelsea each year.
Jayne George, RNLI fundraising, marketing and media director, says: “This is such a wonderful opportunity for the RNLI and we are incredibly grateful to Project Giving Back and the RHS for making it happen. This has been a dreadful year for everyone, but there is something very hopeful about planning and creating a garden, and we are excited to be able to share that with our volunteers, supporters and the general public.
“We cannot say yet who will design our garden or what it will look like, but I am certain that it will honour our charity’s long history of saving lives, inspire our next generation of lifesavers and supporters and, of course, bring some much-needed beauty and colour to all our lives.”